Answered By: Laurie Bastien
Last Updated: Jul 09, 2015     Views: 71

Mobile apps (applications) are software that can be downloaded onto devices such as smartphones and tablets.These apps can be used for educational purposes. When you use an app for information on an academic paper, you must cite it. To cite the app as a whole, the general citation format is:

Rightsholder, A. A. (year). Title of Software or Program (Version number) [Mobile application software]. Retrieved from http://xxxxx

Below is an example of how to cite a whole app (note: The entry should be double spaced)

William S. Hein & Co., Inc. (2013). HeinOnline (Version 1.6.3) [iPad]. Retrieved from https://itunes.apple.com/tw/app/heinonline-2011/id466881844?mt=8

If the app is a reference work, like a dictionary or encyclopedia, you may also cite an entry. Just cite the entry first, then provide the app information. See the example below:

Diabetes. (2014). In Merriam-Webster's Medical Dictionary (Version 3.57.90) [iPad]. Retrieved from https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/merriam-websters-medical-dictionary/id299597104?mt=8I

For more information, see the attached link to the APA Style Blog

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